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CSO Chorus

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Chorus includes professional and amateur musicians from the Tri-State Region and has been performing for over 50 years. The CSO Chorus repertoire ranges from La Boheme to The Music of Queen.

Hailed as,

“phenomenal with incredible energy and careful attention to vocal and instrumental detail”

 by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, this volunteer chorus gives their time and talents to create exceptional music. Darrin Hassevoort, CSO Director of Choruses, has led the CSO chorus for over 10 seasons.

For more information regarding the CSO Chorus, email Mary Lynn Wilson, CSO Chorus Manager, at

The CSO Chorus will be holding auditions for the 2019-2020 season on Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Avenue, Chattanooga, TN  37402.  Auditions will be in the Chapel.

Please prepare 2 pieces of contrasting styles:  aria, art song, Broadway, etc.  One should preferably be in a foreign language, but this is not mandatory, nor do the pieces have to be memorized.  An accompanist will be provided. Please bring copies of the music for the accompanist and for Darrin Hassevoort, CSO Chorus Director.

Please contact Mary Lynn Wilson, Chorus Administrator, for a time slot, or if you have questions.

By email:
By phone call or text: 423.304.1535

Hassevoort2013Darrin Hassevoort; Director of CSO Chorus

Darrin James Hassevoort has been hailed as “a singer with a superb tenor voice” by the Shakespeare Bulletin. The Chattanooga Times Free Press recently claimed, “Hassevoort boasts a bright, clear tenor voice.” He made his operatic debut in the role of Borsa from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and has performed operatic roles in Madama Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, La Boheme, Turandot, Amahl And The Night Visitors, and A Hand of Bridge. He was also a featured soloist in the Chattanooga Symphony’s Pops concerts entitled, It’s a Wonderful Night and Play Ball with Maestro Robert Bernhardt. Hassevoort has also worked with musicians such as Kenneth Kiesler, Joseph Flummerfelt, Donald Pippin, and David Brubeck.

Hassevoort has soloed with Choral Arts of Chattanooga and with the Atlanta Sacred Chorale. He has performed in many oratorio productions including Schubert’s Mass in G Major, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn’s Theresienne Messe, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata #12, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Nelson/Ferrell’s modern oratorio Saviour.  Hassevoort has conducted opera performances of Offenbach’s L’ile de Tulipatan, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Patience, Schuman’s The Mighty Casey, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte .  He served as Assistant Conductor for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera’s staging rehearsals, and he has also conducted productions of Handel’s Messiah and the Harvest Hymn Festival for the CSO. In addition, Hassevoort has conducted musical theatre productions of The BoyFriend, Working, Cinderella, Musical of Musicals: The Musical, Once Upon A Mattress, The Secret Garden, Little Women, and two musical revues.

He currently serves as the Chorus Master for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and he serves as the Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at Chattanooga State.